Poetry & the Senses Spring 2021 Fellows Reading


Poetry & the Senses
Spring 2021 Fellows Reading

Tuesday, May 4th 2021

4:00-5:30pm PST

This event will take place online.
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The Arts Research Center will celebrate the 2021 Spring Poetry Fellows with a reading featuring: Ree Botts-Ward, Vethea Cole, Elizabeth Feng, Sara Mumalo, Ramona Naddaff, Ken Ueno, Noah Warren, and Maw Shein Win. This event is a part of ARC’s Poetry and the Senses initiative generously sponsored by Engaging the Senses Foundation.

During spring 2021, ARC will celebrate poetry and explore the theme of emerge/ncy: voices to carry with us in times of crisis. ARC’s Poetry fellows will have, at the time of their reading, spent 3 months in conversation, production, feedback, support, and critique; all during the course of their fellowship.

Poetry and the Senses creates meaningful opportunities for engagement, research, and collaboration. As a think tank for the arts at UC Berkeley, ARC acts as a facilitator and connector between the campus and the many flourishing regional poetry communities. This two-year initiative (Jan 2020 – Dec 2021) explores the relevance and urgency of lyrical making and storytelling in times of political crisis, and the value of engaging the senses as an act of care, mindfulness, and resistance.

The theme for 2021 is emerge/ncy. Motivating questions include, what kinds of poetic modes of address might be recruited in times of global catastrophe? How does poetry help us think through and within crisis? “Emergency” implies urgency, sudden harm, life-threatening violence, and extreme circumstances, but embedded within it is the word “emergence;” suggesting rebirth and new beginnings. How can we understand moments of emergency as catalysts for renewal, as ruptures that signal massive—if painful—change? 


This event is part of the Arts Research Center’s Poetry & the Senses program, a two-year initiative (Jan 2020 – Dec 2021) that explores the relevance and urgency of lyrical making and storytelling in times of political crisis, and the value of engaging the senses as an act of care, mindfulness, and resistance. Funded by the Engaging the Senses Foundation.